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Search and rescue teams looking for hiker missing overnight on North Shore

Last Updated Oct 31, 2019 at 9:14 am PST

Search and rescue crews are looking for a hiker that went missing on the North Shore on Oct. 30, 2019. (Source: Monika Gul/NEWS 1130)
Summary

A hiker was reported missing on Wednesday evening on the North Shore, and search and rescue teams are looking for him

Search Manager Martin Colwell says the man was not prepared to spend the night in the mountains

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Lions Bay Search and Rescue crews are worried about a hiker missing since last night along a challenging route in the North Shore Mountains.

The man, in his 20s, was reported missing at around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, and teams have been looking for him ever since.

He had embarked on a hike from Lions Bay to Unnecessary Mountain in the afternoon with a woman. They then split, the man continuing on for a long and challenging hike that was supposed to end at Cypress Bowl, where she was going to pick him up by car. But he wasn’t there.

“We’re concerned because he’s just got the clothes on his back, he doesn’t seem to have a pack, almost no equipment and his cellphone appears to be dead,” says Search Manager Martin Colwell. “Obviously hypothermia is a concern. He doesn’t have a map, doesn’t have a compass, doesn’t have any shelter he can make from the weather.”

Colwell says crews have combed all the main trails between Lions Bay, Unnecessary Mountain, The West Lion and Cypress Bowl and waited for first light to get some help from two helicopters.


“[He’s] probably off somewhere, probably just in the woods off the trail, or perhaps he’s got stuck in one of the drainages. The task today is to use the daylight and two helicopters to see if we can find him in the open areas.”

The hiker was not prepared to spend a cold night in the mountains, he adds, and overnight temperatures hit just below zero.

“He’s in serious danger, I would say, and we have to move fairly quickly on this while he’s still responsive,” Colwell says.